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Published October 31, 2013, 08:52 AM

The Great Indoors: Whip up a batch of butterbeer

Happy Halloween from Hogwarts! In this case, Hogwarts is located on the fifth-floor of The Forum building.

By: Tracy Briggs, INFORUM

Happy Halloween from Hogwarts! In this case, Hogwarts is located on the fifth-floor of The Forum building.

For the last few years, our employer has encouraged every department to dress up for Halloween festivities here. And some of my colleagues really get into it. I’m talking to you, Circulation. The department put us all to shame last year when they dressed like zombies and performed a choreographed routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

But those of us in the newly created InForumTV department decided we weren’t going to idly sit by and watch Circulation have all the fun. Since we have four men and four women here, my vote was for the Brady Bunch. But I was outvoted by my younger, hipper colleagues, including Lane Zyvoloski and LaurelLee Loftsgard. They voted we become Harry Potter and friends. I was game even though I might be the only person in America who actually didn’t really enjoy the movie (yes, I said movie as in singular. I’ve only seen one and not sure whether I want to see more).

I did, however, enjoy my time spent at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando earlier this year. My favorite part was when we tried to escape the crowds for a while to try some Butter Beer, Harry’s favorite drink.

So, in the spirit of the day, we decided to make it for our colleagues. It turns out it’s pretty simple. It’s not quite as sweet as the Orlando brew, but the frothy topping is to die for! And it’s certainly a lot easier than learning new dance moves.

Harry Potter’s Butterbeer

2 liters cream soda

2 tablespoons butter extract

3 teaspoons rum extract

7-ounce container of marshmallow cream

1 cup whipping cream

Pour the extracts into the 2 liter bottle, reserving 1 teaspoon of rum extract for the cream topping. Put on cap and slowly rotate until combined.

Add remaining items together in an electric mixer and combine until smooth.

Pour the butterbeer into a glass, drizzle with the topping and enjoy.

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